David Terrell weighs-in for UFC 51: Super Saturday. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
After an over four-year stint filled with injury-related disappointments, former middleweight title contender David Terrell has been officially released from the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The news comes from Gracie Fighter, a site owned and operated by Cesar Gracie, who also serves as Terrell’s coach and manager. The report on that site states that Terrell sat out the remainder of his contract with the UFC due to unhappiness stemming from unfair financial terms in his bout agreements.
After building up an impressive record fighting in smaller shows, Terrell shocked the world in his UFC debut by knocking out elite middleweight Matt Lindland at UFC 49 in 2004. The win earned Terrell a shot at the vacant UFC middleweight title at UFC 51, where Terrell ended up being stopped with strikes at the hands of eventual champion Evan Tanner.
Soon overcoming a series of leg-related injuries, Terrell returned to action where he scored a controversial submission win of heavy-handed Scott Smith at UFC 59. The injury bug bit Terrell over and over again during the past two years, forcing him to pull out of scheduled fights against Ed Herman and Yushin Okami on two separate occasions.
While it is safe to assume that Terrell will look for employment elsewhere, Sam Caplan speculates that Terrell may end up signing with Elite Xtreme Combat, where fellow Cesar Gracie-trained teammates Nick Diaz and Jake Shields already fight.
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